posture

noun
pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Definition of posture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
b : the pose of a model or artistic figure
2 : state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances maintain a competitive posture in the market
3 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

posture

verb
postured; posturing

Definition of posture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to assume a given posture : pose

intransitive verb

1 : to assume a posture especially : to strike a pose for effect
2 : to assume an artificial or pretended attitude : attitudinize

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Other Words from posture

Verb

posturer \ ˈpäs-​chər-​ər How to pronounce posturer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for posture

Synonyms: Noun

attitude, carriage, poise, stance, station

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Examples of posture in a Sentence

Noun

Human beings have an upright posture. a good upright posture will prevent backaches

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The president’s low-key approach was a marked shift from his posture in recent days. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "Trump claims vindication in Mueller report, goes on attack," 25 Mar. 2019 This outfit just cleared my skin and fixed my posture. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "30 Best Fashion Captions That Will Score Major Likes on Instagram," 15 Mar. 2019 Her posture was shaped by 30 years of Pilates and more recently by twice-weekly sessions with Marcus, a triathlete. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Remembering Babs Simpson: Vogue Editor and Great American Free Spirit," 7 Jan. 2019 An Asia Times op-ed defending America’s diplomatic posture toward Iran also triggered the political filter and was subsequently blocked from promotion. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook’s ad rules are forcing news outlets to register as political advertisers," 1 June 2018 The uncertainty comes at a time when Estonia and other Baltic States have occasionally struggled to interpret Trump’s more aggressive posture toward NATO, and his occasionally inconsistent rhetoric on Russian aggression in the region. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump nominees delayed by more than partisan or Democrats' 'obstruction'," 20 May 2018 He is viewed as a member of a progressive, liberal wing within the party and has pledged to maintain the country’s pro-integration posture as well as fiscal prudence. Bloomberg.com, "Slovak Cabinet Wins Confidence Vote as Street Protests Persist," 26 Mar. 2018 Notwithstanding his protectionist posture and apparent affinity... Robert Porter, WSJ, "Trump’s Big Trade Opening," 14 Mar. 2019 Nonetheless, Hunter Killer works through its narrative to frame the story in a way that leans away from America’s naval strengths and into Russia’s longstanding defensive posture. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "What 'Hunter Killer' Gets Right About Submarine Warfare," 7 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s every chance Deep Silver planned a $10 launch discount on Steam as well, and the Epic Games Store decampment just gives them a chance to posture on a larger stage. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Metro Exodus is skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store, and passing the savings on to you," 28 Jan. 2019 President Trump's critics often accuse him of using a constant spray of Twitter posts, provocative statements and posturing to distract attention from his administration's controversies. David Lauter, latimes.com, "The Trump administration sure does sell books," 20 Apr. 2018 Philadelphia views the situation very similarly to the end of Paul George’s tenure in Indiana 12 months ago: The Spurs have a fractured relationship with their star and Leonard’s camp has publicly postured for San Antonio to trade him. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Sources: Sixers Weighing Various Trade Packages for Kawhi Leonard," 28 June 2018 Not so many years ago Silicon Valley postured as libertarian. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 There are rumors swirling and everyone is posturing during this time. Matt Babcock, SI.com, "Trust the (Draft) Process: Inside NBA Prospect Workouts," 6 June 2018 Still, others maintain that much of the back-and-forth between Washington and Beijing appears to be posturing for now—and that the odds of a full trade war breaking out remain slim. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Gains in Technology, Financial Shares Help Lift Indexes," 28 June 2018 And equally, the Democrats who are currently posturing are playing a good card badly. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His Wall," 22 June 2018 Working from his opponent’s guard, Jackson was able to easily posture and rain down punches from the top. John Morgan, USA TODAY, "CM Punk falls to Mike Jackson via decision at UFC 225," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of posture

Noun

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1645, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for posture

Noun

Middle French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura, from positus, past participle of ponere to place — more at position

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The first known use of posture was circa 1586

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posture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of posture

: the way in which your body is positioned when you are sitting or standing
formal : the attitude a person or group has toward a subject

posture

noun
pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Kids Definition of posture

: the way in which the body is positioned when sitting or standing : the general way of holding the body an upright posture a humble posture

posture

noun
pos·​ture | \ ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio) \

Medical Definition of posture

1 : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
2 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

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